OK - returning to the 'sensible' theme.
Rafa wanted Andy. Kenny wanted Andy. Enough to break the British transfer record for him.
Whatever anyone thinks he is now our player. And the way the deal was done means that a huge chunk of the money investedin him was in the transfer fee rather than the wages - ie - its already gone.
Given that we have - relatively recently - seen how unplayable he can be, the sensible thing to do would be to exhaust all possibilities to try and unlock that in him once again. If, after that process it turns out he is indeed not up to scratch we will have all have to take a financial hit and write it off as a poor decision by Kenny / Comolli.
So, putting all prejudices and agendas aside, how can we make this lad work in our team?
...not sure how we can turn his/our fortunes around.
If there is one person currently at LFC who knows what it takes to be a success at Anfield then surely it's Kenny,the person who signed him.
Baring in mind that Kenny sees him in training most of the week and has the ultimate say in who plays and who doesn't then why hasn't he started more matches than he has..?
Once the Carling Cup was won in February and European qualification guaranteed (and fourth place was still achievable) I assumed that the team/squad would have been given a real boost...but sadly the opposite is true,we've gotten a whole lot worse.This isn't Andy Carroll's fault but I can't help but think that he'd benefit more by playing in a team that's confident and scoring goals...
...just imaging if we won more games at Anfield this season like when we beat Everton,it was a pretty solid team effort and Andy Carroll played very well that night.Surely that would improve his confidence..?
It's puzzling to think that all season long whether he plays or not we haven't scored nearly enough goals to win matches.Sometimes when he's come off the bench he's had only 10 minutes to try and impress...how's that helpful to the lad..?
To sum up,I basically think that Kenny gave up on the lad months ago.Personally I think it's a shame and I'm very confused just why he hasn't been used as much as he could have been.
If we needed any further proof at all just how low his confidence is then look no further back than last Sunday when he dived for a penalty (which probably would have been taken by Gerrard) rather than staying on his feet and scoring..but with the potential of missing an open goal in front of 50,000 screaming Newcastle fans.
I'm struggling to see where he goes from here but the optimist in me dreams of him scoring a 89th minute winner in the FA Cup final...